The Renewal Awards

Fifteen nonprofits from across the country have been selected as finalists in The Renewal Awards, a project of The Atlantic and Allstate. The national competition—now in its fifth year—recognizes local nonprofit organizations driving positive change in their communities.

The finalists were selected out of a record 13,000 nominations, and serve communities in twelve states and Washington, D.C. Five winners from this group—one designated as an Allstate Youth Empowerment Award winner—will each receive a grant of $40,000 from The Atlantic and Allstate to further their work.


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  • Alice’s Kids (Mount Vernon, VA): Provides anonymous short-term financial assistance to children with immediate needs, all over the country, who have been referred by a teacher, social worker, or counselor.

  • Choose 180* (Burien, WA): Engages youth in critical moments, like when facing jail time or school expulsion, and empowers them to make positive life changes.

  • College to Congress (Washington, D.C.): Levels the playing field and fosters bipartisanship for congressional interns, providing both financial support and mentorship across the aisle.

  • Creative Reaction Lab (St. Louis, MO): Educates and engages Black and Latinx youth to apply a health, racial equity, and design lens to community challenges to impact life expectancy.

  • Custom Collaborative (New York, NY): Equips women from low-income and immigrant communities for careers in the sustainable women's apparel industry.

  • Facing Homelessness (The BLOCK Project) (Seattle, WA): Integrates 125-square-foot detached dwellings in residential backyards to reduce homelessness.

  • Families & Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children* (New Orleans, LA): Invests in community-based alternatives to the juvenile justice system, to end the cycle of violence against Black youth and reform the education and juvenile justice systems.

  • Farmworker’s Self Help Inc. (Dade City, FL): Supports approximately 15,000 area farmworkers by offering emergency services, facilitating self-development and teaching leadership skills.

  • First Peoples Fund (Rapid City, SD): Recognizes the power of art and culture to bring about positive change in Native communities, and aims to change the perception of artists by recognizing them as economic engines and catalysts of social change.

  • Hello Neighbor (Pittsburgh, PA): Supports recently resettled refugees with mentorship, educational training and community events.

  • Huntsville Community Drumline (Huntsville, AL): Provides free music education, after-school programs, instruments, equipment, and transportation to kids, using drums as a tool to help them grow into contributing members of society.

  • Magpies & Peacocks (Houston, TX): Disrupts the cycle of waste in the fashion industry through the collection and sustainable reuse of post-consumer clothing, scrap textiles, and accessories.

  • More than Words (Waltham, MA): Empowers youth in foster care, court-involved, homeless, or out of school by helping to run a bookstore.

  • Refresh Collective* (Cleveland and Cincinnati, Ohio): Lifts up communities by giving youth the opportunity to create their own music and apparel designs.

  • Youth Rebuilding NOLA (New Orleans, LA): Engages youth in the betterment of their community by fixing up blighted and abandoned homes that are then sold to teachers for less than the appraised home value.

*Allstate Youth Empowerment Award Finalist.

For more information on the Renewal Awards and to read the official rules click here.

Meet Past Winners